Beer-braised beef brisket

    4 hours 10 min

    Brisket is an inexpensive cut of beef taken from just below the shoulder, and benefits from slow cooking and braising. This recipe results in fork-tender beef that melts in the mouth! Enjoy as an alternative to your Sunday roast.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1.8kg beef brisket joint, trimmed of fat
    • salt to taste
    • 1 large onion, sliced
    • 330ml beer
    • 1 tablespoon dark brown soft sugar
    • 1 beef stock cube, crumbled
    • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
    • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 2 tablespoons cornflour
    • 2 tablespoons water

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:4hr  ›  Ready in:4hr10min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Season the beef brisket with salt, and place in a baking dish. Cover the entire joint with onion slices. In a medium bowl, mix together the beer, dark brown soft sugar, beef stock cube, pepper, garlic bay leaf and thyme. Pour over the brisket. Cover with aluminium foil.
    3. Bake for 4 hours in the preheated oven. The brisket should be fork-tender. Mix together the cornflour and water; stir into the juices in the baking dish to thicken. Remove the bay leaf. Slice and serve the meat.

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    Used this recipe for dinner today and it was delicious. The gravy/sauce was packed full of flavour. A definite hit in our house! Will definitely be making again.  -  16 Nov 2014


     -  17 Feb 2013


    I usually use my own recipe when cooking beef brisket, but I wanted to try something different, so I tried this recipe instead. Very simple to make and the meat was tender, but there is too much black pepper in the gravy to suit my taste at 2 tablespoons. I only used a half tablespoon and it was still too peppery; I would recommend using salt and pepper to suit your own individual preferences, rather than the amount stated here.  -  03 Jan 2015